“Why fund Aligarh Muslim University if they are not giving reservation to SC/ST” Schedule Caste panel urges central government to stop funds!

Since two weeks, there has been a massive controversy over reservation policy of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University which do not provide reservation to SC/ST and OBC candidates of the country. While it is mandatory in the country that every government institute irrespective of what management, they have to provide reservation to SC/ST and OBCs.

But the two Muslim universities have a special set of rules which is going against the country. The Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Milia University though are government funded institutes, do not provide any reservation to backward classes of the society. It was CM Yogi Adityanath who racked this issue in one of his speech after which there has been a huge debate about the double standards of these people who take all benefits in the name of minorities.

The National Commission for SC/ST had recently warned the AMU to include reservation in their admission process within 15 days. But the AMU VC has totally ignored the warning and given silly reasons for not having a reservation which has again irked the government. Now, the Schedule Caste panel has written a strong letter to  HRD and the Central government questioning their decision to fund AMU and JMI despite their reluctance to have a reservation.

The Commission has also sought year-wise details of the annual grants released by the government to AMU, right from its establishment until 2018-19, sources told The Sunday Express. 

According to The Sunday Express. , government had reversed the stand taken under the UPA government, the ministry has withdrawn its support for the university’s minority status by filing a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court on June 30, 2016, and telling the court that AMU was never intended to be a minority institution as it was set up by an Act of Parliament and is funded by the Central government. Referring to this, the NCSC missive, dated July 6, states, “If no reservation was being granted by AMU, (what was the) reason for the release of the annual maintenance to AMU by MHRD.” On July 10, the Commission sought year-wise funding details of AMU within ten days.

Katherine, BJP MP from Agra who first raised this issue said “AMU has close to 30,000 students and 15 per cent of these seats should have gone to SC students and 7.5 per cent to STs. “If AMU fails to provide the documents, it will have to admit 4,500 Dalit students and 2,250 tribal students”.

But the AMU continues its blatant defence quoting the 1981 amendment, Section 2 (1) of the law that changed the university as “The educational institution of their choice established by the Muslims of India, which originated as the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College, Aligarh, and which was subsequently incorporated as AMU.”

On the basis of this letter, the UPA government had written to the UGC on March 13, 2007, stating that it recognises AMU as a religious minority institution and helped them get away with reservation policy. But this letter now stands withdrawn after the HRD ministry filed a revised affidavit in the Supreme Court in 2016 opposing AMU’s minority character.

It was purely a political game played by both AMU and the Congress government to suppress the SC/ST community in minority institution while they pretend to project themselves as the saviours of Dalit rights. This is the real face of secularism.

Power Punch